Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2002 has the well-known and documented problem with their dashboards falling to pieces, but it also has engine failure from oil sludge. That's a doube shot of awful in your morning coffee.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
34,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replaced entire instrument cluster (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #2

May 302003

Ram 1500 SLT Plus 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles


The dashboard freaked out and flashed weird codes, the on board trip computer was also flipping out. Yet another electrical failure from our buddies at Dodge - bad design. They replaced the entire instrument cluster and it has worked fine since then for the next 65K files...still works. Really took the luster off my new car purchase when combined with electrical issues with brake lights, electrical issues of dash, electrical issue of trip computer, squeakly rear leaf springs I made them replace, and many other repairs required in the FIRST 30K milles. Those were all under warranty but what a crappy product - seemed like nothing worked on it the first 2 years. Then a quiet period for about 25-30K miles then new failures started. Goodbye Dodge forever. Glad you are bankrupt, hope you don't survive the process. One sign you don't understand the problem is quality is you are pairing with FIAT. What a brilliant idea. HA!...Hello Toyota.

- , Carmichael, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012007

Ram 1500

  • 50,000 miles

Interior dash lamps don't stay of consistent brightness, or sometimes fail completely. A simple rap with a closed fist on the failing component generally causes a brisk repair, however the problem shortly returns. Also, Lamp Out circuit doesn't work.

- , Chicago, IL, USA

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